Marvel movies are designed to allow them to seamlessly fit together into the larger tapestry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In a vast desert, a married man’s (Kevin Janssens) sexy young mistress (Matilda Lutz) is sexually assaulted by one of his two visiting friends before she subsequently flees, they attempt to unsuccessfully kill her.
A superior slice of children’s entertainment, Paul King’s sequel to 2015’s Paddington is a sheer joy, infused with comic inspiration and irresistible sweetness.
Existing in the same fictional cine-verse as their low-budget debut, The Endless generates unease, and then dawning terror, from its raft of beguiling mysteries, which, from a simple starting point, spiral outward in an increasingly all-consuming manner.
Before passing away in 2016 at the age of 76, Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami completed work on this, his final film: an experimental documentary that serves as a melancholy meditation on mortality and the moving image.
The West is wild to its core in Chloé Zhao’s The Rider, a stunning verité drama about a young rodeo star facing an uncertain future after a catastrophic accident. Her story is based in part on the life of actor Brady Jandreau
LOVE AFTER LOVE
The type of mature adult drama that mainstream American cinema rarely produces these days, writer-director Russell Harbaugh’s exceptional debut mires itself in a thicket of barbed emotions.
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
Joaquin Phoenix reconfirms his status as his generation’s finest leading man with You Were Never Really Here, a startling drama that cares less for straightforward thrills than for penetrating psychological intensity.
Annihilation is the best sci-fi film in years, a mind-blowing trip into an inscrutable heart of darkness. Desperate to understand what happened to her soldier husband on his last mission, a biologist ventures alongside four comrades into a mysterious, and rapidly growing, hot zone known as the “Shimmer.”
A wide range of offerings have already illustrated that, no matter the genre, potential greatness abounds at both the multiplex and the art house. With seasons to go until the calendar once again turns, this rundown will undoubtedly transform in a variety of unexpected ways before reaching its final form in December.
these are our picks for the best films of the year:
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